23 April 2012

KENYA : Daystar extremes Baraka in NBA league

Updated on 23/04/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

Baraka Extreme was beaten by university side Daystar 51 – 44 in a tense match that was played on Sunday afternoon at the Railways Sports Club in the ongoing NBA (Division 2) League.
The students who suffered a defeat in their first match last weekend against Multi Media entered the match with nothing less than winning prospects in their sights and by the first quarter they led Baraka 12 -11. In the second quarter the Athi –river based students were more tactical and they managed to widen the gap by four points and the quarter ended 29 -25 in favor of Daystar.
In the third quarter, Baraka came with guns blazing with end to end action with no one enjoying advantage over the other but Daystar maintained their potency to win the quarter 35 – 33.
Pep talk at the end of the third quarter by Coach Peter Otieno added gusto in the Daystar team as they looked more energized and tactical managing a seven points gap in the end with a 51- 44 win.
Speaking after the match Baraka Extreme tactician Bantu Kinaro attributed the loss to lack of execution by his side,

‘’ We had many chances but the final execution was poor and it cost us the match.’’ He also added that this led to frustrations amongst the players thus loosing focus ‘’when the baskets were not coming the guys were frustrated and this affected our play’’.
Peter Otieno the Daystar coach had nothing but praise for his side and was relieved after the win, ‘’ We were motivated from the onset, the boys had the desire to win. Compared to our last game we were better in defence, we capitalized on the free throws and we were able to win’’.
In other matches of the day Don Bosco beat Neosasa Morans 63 – 51. Don Bosco head coach Steven Sassi was happy with his team’s performance and expects more as the league progresses,
“We have only played two matches so it’s a bit too early to rank our performance, I believe we shall get better as we play more games.’’ He also noted that the blending of experienced players and the ‘young blood’ makes his team a strong side worth being watched out.
Gilbert Onguso the Neosasa coach intends to go back to the drawing board and address the problems they had,
‘’we had a game plan and they (Don Bosco) managed to counter it, the problem now came with our response to the situation. I believe that we need to work on the response if we encounter such situations. Generally it was a very competitive match.’’
Another match that took place the same afternoon saw Dolphins beat Saints 55 – 42. The league resumes next weekend at the same venue.

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